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Tropical Biology in Ecuador

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Iguana in Ecuador

Iguana in Ecuador. Photo by SAU Professor Richard Robertson.

This course is now accepting applications for the 2016 May term. 

Course:  BIOL 321, Special Topics in Field Biology (three credits)
Prerequisite: One semester of college-level Biology 
Instructor:  Amy Blair, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dates:  May 23 - June 12, 2016 (subject to change) 
Primary Location:  Quito, Cuenca and the Pacific Coast in Ecuador
Price:  $4,940 (tentative)

Program description

This international study abroad course is designed to give students broad exposure to the biology of the tropics. Ecuador is an ideal location for such a course because of the incredible number of unique habitat types and immense biological diversity. During the course, students will spend time in different regions of Ecuador, exploring and learning about tropical cloud forests, tropical rainforests, the páramo, dry tropical forests, and mangroves. The course ends on the Pacific Coast, where students will learn about the unique ecosystem and organisms that inhabit this region. During the course, students will design and conduct biological research in tropical habitats. Additionally, students will experience and learn about the kind people and vibrant culture of Ecuador by, for example, visiting local markets, participating in a day of service, and traveling to a cacao farm.

What is included
  • Share of Instructor/Support Person expenses
  • Roundtrip airfare 
  • Housing
  • International health insurance
  • Transportation in Ecuador

What is not included
  • Meals
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Souvenirs and spending money


How to apply

Application deadline - October 15, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Return your completed Liability Form to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Submit a $500 deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • October 15, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Deposit checks should be made payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • November 16, 2015: $1,000 commitment fee due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Deposit checks should be made payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • April 15, 2016: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SUMMER 2016 term.

Payment details

  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after April 15.